Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.
Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our recent blog posts, The cloud is so much more than shared resources. I got a comment recently offering the argument that cloud computing was nothing more than a rehash of shared mainframe resources with some fancy marketing to make it sound new, but the cloud is so much more than that.And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:
A year in the life of OpenStack | Opensource.com
It was a huge year for OpenStack as it burst fully into the mainstream with every major vendor getting on board and pushing it along. There were a couple of successful summits and a couple of big releases. All in all, the community grew and the project jumped forward.
Microsoft's cloud ambitions could outweigh Windows 10 | The Seattle Times
Microsoft fancies itself a cloud company now and it could mean that it has to leave its desktop roots behind to make this happen. It won't happen all at once of course, but over time, Microsoft has to put its resources where it matters most and that could mean Windows 10 could start getting less attention.
I promise this is the last of the retrospective links, but it's worth looking back because cloud computing made some big leaps this year as it seemed to reach a tipping point in the enterprise. This article does a good job of summarizing some of the highlights including pushes from Microsoft and Google to take on AWS, as well as major players like IBM and HP getting involved.
Cloud: Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time | Talkin' Cloud
The cloud is a blanket term for a complex set of services. That's why it's hard to describe, but if you look at it like this article and break it down into different components, it helps put it in proper perspective. Although it's worth noting, I would say, even this writer is still defining it in fairly narrow terms.
If you could make three wishes for cloud computing in the new year, what would they be? If you consider that 2014 was such a pivotal year, that makes it a hard act to follow. But writer David Linthicum, who writes regularly about the cloud for InfoWorld, comes up with a few good ones.
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